LA Kings Looking For Improvement, Consistency After All-Star Break

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the National Hockey League’s All-Star break behind us, there is a bit of concern about the Los Angeles Kings as they enter February, a month in which they will play nine out 13 games on the road, including their annual Grammy road trip, a grueling seven-game road swing this time around.

Indeed, the team that led the Pacific Division by twelve points not so long ago has seen their lead drop to seven at the All-Star break.

The Kings’ lead over their division rivals has shrunk as they’ve sputtered in recent games—they have lost three out of their last five, and ended January winning just four of their last nine games.

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Anze Kopitar Remains Coy With LA Kings Deal Apparently Imminent

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here at a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — As reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie, the Los Angeles Kings and star center Anze Kopitar are apparently on the verge of agreeing to a reported eight-year contract with an annual average value of $10 million per season.

A Kings spokesperson told the local media that an announcement could come today or on Thursday.

But Kopitar wasn’t about to confirm anything after today’s practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

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LA Kings Begin Likely Make-Or-Break Road Trip Tonight At Vancouver

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene and Alec Martinez, along with forward Trevor Lewis and head coach Darryl Sutter spoke with the media prior to the team departing on their flight to Vancouver on April 5. You can watch videos of those interviews here!

LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After winning both games during their two-game home stand that ended with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on April 4, the Los Angeles Kings held an optional skate on April 5, before flying north of the border to begin a three-game Canadian road trip that will likely decide their playoff fate.

Tonight, the Kings face the Vancouver Canucks, who are in second place in the Pacific Division with 95 points. They are still within reach of the Kings, who have 92 points and a game in hand on the Canucks.

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What’s It Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs By The Numbers, April 4, 2015

LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik, shown here during a recent practice.
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LOS ANGELES — Dwight King, Alec Martinez and Marian Gaborik scored goals, and Jeff Carter and Robyn Regehr each contributed two assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center in Los Angeles on April 4.

The Kings dominated the game, in terms of puck possession, and they managed to limit the Avalanche to just three shots on goal in the first period, four in the second period, and only three in the third, for a total of ten shots in the game.

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LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi On Sekera Trade: Players “Made Me Start Working, To Go Out And Get’em Some Help”

AUDIO: Includes audio of the media conference call with Dean Lombardi discussing the Andrej Sekera trade on February 25.


Newly-acquired LA Kings
defenseman Andrej Sekera.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Even before the Los Angeles Kings lost defenseman Slava Voynov to his indefinite suspension, resulting from him being charged with domestic violence against his wife, it was no secret that they were looking for help on their blue line to fill the void left by big, physical, stay-at-home defenseman Willie Mitchell, who they could not fit under the salary cap last summer.

With both players out of their lineup, the Kings struggled, especially in their own end. That continued until their current eight-game winning streak, prompting President/General Manager Dean Lombardi to acquire defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Carolina Hurricanes on February 25, in exchange for defenseman prospect Roland McKeown and a conditional first round pick.

As first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the conditions for the first round pick are: if the Kings make the playoffs, the pick will be in the 2015 National Hockey League Draft. If not, the pick will be in the 2016 draft.

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